Growth plates are the centers of growth and the location of lots of injuries in children, adolescents, and teenagers, with fractures of the hand, wrist, forearm and elbow being very common. The growth plate is the weak spot on the bone, made up of cartilage that isn’t as strong as regular bone. As a child ages, the growth plate narrows, until eventually it is just a thin line between two parts of the bone. In many cases, growth plate fractures are the more mild types – type one or two fractures in terms of the Salter-Harris classification.
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